All stories by Sophia Howes on BroadwayStars

Monday, October 11, 2021

How to be a hero: The lesson of ‘Remember This’ at Shakespeare Theatre by Sophia Howes

David Strathairn's spectacularly affecting performance as Jan Karski becomes not only an emotional but a moral experience.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:30AM
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

‘Teenage Dick’ at Woolly Mammoth is entertaining and revelatory by Sophia Howes

A funny, scary adventure rife with incandescent ideas.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:51AM
Monday, September 13, 2021

‘Good People’ kicks off Keegan’s 25th season with a blazing success    by Sophia Howes

A play deeply attuned to the ways people from disparate backgrounds interact and feel, it will bring you straight to the essence of what it is to be human.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:55AM
Monday, August 9, 2021

A ‘Twelfth Night’ love fest by Her Majesty & Sons, with wit as the leitmotif by Sophia Howes

At the DC War Memorial, genders are bent, love is lost and found, and a good time is had by all.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:16PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

‘We’re Gonna Die’ at Round House is a thin take on a big theme by Sophia Howes

After the harrowing events of the last year, the production is a noble effort—but something of a misfire.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:52AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

‘Will on the Hill’ asks, ‘What’s the deal with Shakespeare?’ by Sophia Howes

Members of Congress and A-list actors join Shakespeare Theatre Company in fun and frolic for a good cause.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:14PM
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Post-Play Palaver: A double take on ‘Blindness’ at STC by John Stoltenberg and Sophia Howes

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:49PM
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Apropos Edgar Allan Poe: a reminiscense and a ringing listen by Sophia Howes

Growing up in Baltimore, it was impossible to avoid the story of Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849). He was conceivably our most famous resident. There was the mysterious stranger, known as the …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:24AM
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

In a child’s voice, a magical and moving portrait of the South from Round House by Sophia Howes

Beth Hylton solos as a fourth-grader in Lucy Alibar’s poetic and comic ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up.' The post In a child’s voice, a magical and moving portrait of the Sou…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:10PM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

A daughter’s family dramas drive a hilarious and moving ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ by Sophia Howes

“2.5 minutes is a really long time on a roller coaster if you are having a good time. If you think it’s killing your father it’s a really, really long time.” —Lisa Kron in 2.5 Minu…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:58AM
Monday, April 19, 2021

In brilliant ‘Children of Medea,’ a Korean American girl hopes to cope by Sophia Howes

Conformity can be difficult for some of us at the best of times. But it is especially difficult in adolescence for a girl. Cynthia, 17, the main character in Sue Jin Song’s brilliant Child…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:40PM
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

STC’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ mock trial submits evidence that spring is coming by Sophia Howes

Critic Marjorie Garber suggests that A Winter’s Tale is “a hall of mirrors” and that the main character, King Leontes, lives in a solipsistic universe. The beloved tradition of STC’s…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:50PM
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The relevance of ‘The Mountaintop,’ beautifully played at the Arts Barn by Sophia Howes

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (2020) and a Princeton professor, writes in The New Yorker about an encounter at a fu…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:00AM
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

O villainy! Patrick Page slays in ‘All the Devils Are Here’ from STC by Sophia Howes

“This rough magic I here abjure.” This phrase, from Prospero’s farewell in The Tempest, is among the most exquisite in Shakespeare. In All the Devils Are Here, Shakespeare Theatre Comp…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:53PM
Friday, January 15, 2021

Why Trump has made Shakespeare matter more than ever in DC by Sophia Howes

There is something inherently Shakespearean about DC. It’s easy to picture Lincoln wandering the corridors of the White House reciting his favorite passages. In his journal, John Adams onc…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:11AM
Monday, December 7, 2020

A hauntingly lovely ‘Christmas Carol’ from PG County Shakespeare in the Parks by Sophia Howes

A Christmas Carol, produced by PG County Shakespeare in the Parks and set in Victorian England, is a hauntingly lovely radio drama. It’s free and family-friendly, and a welcome reminder of…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:36AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In two live shows at Keegan Theatre, a transwoman and two Black men get real by Sophia Howes

The Keegan Theatre’s streamed live performances from their stage are the closest thing I’ve seen so far to theater as we remember it avant le deluge. They are presenting two pieces in re…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:01PM
Monday, October 26, 2020

E. Faye Butler speaks out on playing Fannie Lou Hamer right now by Sophia Howes

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” —Fannie Lou Hamer Anyone who has ever seen E. Faye Butler perform knows that they are witnessing something truly extraordinary. A two-time …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:18AM
Thursday, September 24, 2020

‘Macbeth’ as fast-moving radio drama from PG County Shakespeare in the Parks by Sophia Howes

How, exactly, does one make theater in the middle of a pandemic? People are sitting on the couch streaming The Umbrella Academy. Broadway is closed until January 3, 2021. Much of local theat…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:59AM
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Pols and players perk up ‘Will on the Hill, Or Won’t They?’ by Sophia Howes

For one brief shining moment, there was bipartisanship in Washington. It occurred with the 2020 online edition of STC’s 18th annual Will on the Hill, broadcast on Monday, September 14, 2…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:33PM
Sunday, September 13, 2020

A tribute to Brave Spirits as it calls off Shakespeare’s histories due to COVID by Sophia Howes

There are certain theater experiences that you look forward to with extraordinary excitement. Brave Spirits Theatre’s Shakespeare’s Histories 2020 was one of them. To their credit, Brave…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:57PM
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Five great films about theater (to help you survive staying home) by Sophia Howes

Karen Richards (Celeste Holm) the playwright’s wife: A part in a play. You’d do all that for a part in a play? Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) conniving actress: I’d do much more for a pa…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:30AM
Thursday, March 12, 2020

4615 Theatre’s world premiere ‘Museum 2040’: An extraordinary immersive installation by Sophia Howes

Museum 2040, a world premiere written by Playwright Renee Calarco and directed by Artistic Director Jordan Friend, is an extraordinary immersive installation, which confirms 4615 Theater Com…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:54PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The room where it happens: ‘Henry IV, Part 2’ at Brave Spirits Theatre by Sophia Howes

The HBO hit Succession centers around a wealthy media family reportedly based on the Rupert Murdoch dynasty. Its central dilemma: who will succeed the ruthless Logan Roy as the head of his w…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:28PM
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

‘Richard the Second’ at Brave Spirits Theatre: a tale of two kings by Sophia Howes

Brave Spirits Theatre (BST), led by Artistic Director Charlene V. Smith, has taken on a spectacular challenge: Shakespeare’s eight history plays. Richard the Second, Henry the Fourth Parts…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:35PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Top Five Theater Ghosts… Before ‘The Woman in Black’ arrived at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

The Woman in Black, the long-playing London ghost story now perturbing a Shakespeare Theatre Company stage, reminds us that spine-chilling horror can be the most delightful of sensations. T…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:57AM
Sunday, November 24, 2019

The (in) discreet charm of Daniel Kitson’s ‘Keep’ at Studio Theatre by Sophia Howes

Stand-up comedian and monologist extraordinaire Daniel Kitson enjoys a devout following in the UK and in Australia. He first made his reputation at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he wo…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:58PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We Happy Few brings ‘Lovers’ Vows’ into the twenty-first century by Sophia Howes

Elizabeth Inchbald’s Lovers’ Vows, first produced in 1798, is every bit as amusing as the unfortunately named Schitt’s Creek, The Good Place, or any other contemporary comedy. Inchbald…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:27PM
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Dangereuse: An Interview with Nigel Rowe, a cabaret star as Ariel in IN Series’ ‘Stormy Weather’ by Sophia Howes

IN Series’ Stormy Weather, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, features the music of Billie Holiday and a stunning cabaret performance by Nigel Rowe as Ariel. In the new Sybil William…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:17PM
Monday, September 30, 2019

Review: ‘The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice,’ presented by the Taffety Punk Riot Grrrls by Sophia Howes

The all-female production of Othello at Taffety Punk, directed by Kelsey Mesa, is a breath of fresh air. Because all the characters are played by women, you forget that they are female after…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:14PM
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: ‘1 Henry IV’ at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre by Sophia Howes

1 Henry IV at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, directed by Rosa Joshi, is perfectly cast and beautifully executed. Edward Gero is a superb Falstaff, and he is surrounded by gifted actors and …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:28PM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre